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Sabbatical Productivity: June

I am on sabbatical until August and have been keeping a list in my journal of the academic activities I engage in. This practice is partly for myself, so that I make sure I am using the time productively, and partly for my institution, which requires me to write a report about the sabbatical once it finishes. Here is a list of what I accomplished in June, generally in chronological order. I did less than in some previous months (you can read about what I accomplished in May here) because I focused mostly on reading for a new writing project that I am beginning this week.

1. Updated the Mennonite/s Writing Bibliographies and blog throughout the month.

2. Peer reviewed a book in one of my fields for a university press.

3. Updated my website.

4. Was elected to the Sexual Minorities Archives‘s Board of Directors and worked on various tasks for it throughout the month.

5. Revised and submitted an essay about Mennonite speculative fiction for a special journal issue on Mennonite political theology.

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Books Acquired Recently

Bombardier, Cooper Lee. Pass with Care: Memoirs. New York: Dottir Press, 2020.

I first encountered Bombardier’s work in the anthology Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Science Fiction and Fantasy from Transgender Writers. His story there is fantastic, and I was excited to discover months ago on social media that he was coming out with a memoir. I pre-ordered it then and it arrived a few days ago.

Dunham, B. Mabel. Toward Sodom. Toronto: Macmillan, 1927.

I recently learned about Dunham and her path-breaking writing in the field of Mennonite literature. Her novel The Trail of the Conestoga might be the first Mennonite novel in English, and its sequel, Toward Sodom, might be the second. I was able to find a used copy of the latter online. It arrived in the mail today.

Zapruder, Matthew. Why Poetry. New York: Ecco, 2017.

As I mentioned in a recent post, “I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the role of literature in apocalyptic times such as these. Reading poetry on a daily basis is helping me to survive emotionally. Therefore, I’ve been looking for texts related to this subject.” Acquiring Zapruder’s book is part of these explorations.

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Books Acquired Recently: Duke Sale Edition

I recently ordered a few more books from Duke University Press because they had a 50% off sale for most of May. Two of them came in the mail yesterday.

Crawley, Ashton C. The Lonely Letters. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2020.

This book got on my radar via a promotional email, and I decided to buy it because it is at the intersection of “black queer studies / religion / creative nonfiction,” to cite the marketing labels on its back cover. I am interested in all of these fields as a reader and as a writer, so I am excited to read the book.

Fisher, Gary. Gary in Your Pocket: Stories and Notebooks of Gary Fisher. Ed. Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1996.

I’ve been catching up on my Sedgwick reading during the pandemic, and am now at the point where I am reading secondary texts/texts peripheral to her oeuvre. This book falls into that category. Apparently some of Fisher’s work is kinky erotica, so I am especially looking forward to reading it. I must say, though, that when I opened the package of books I was disappointed to see that Gary in Your Pocket is not pocket-sized despite its title. A missed opportunity!

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Books Acquired Recently: Queer Archiving Edition

Kumbier, Alana. Ephemeral Material: Queering the Archive. Sacramento, CA: Litwin Books, 2014.

This book has been on my to-read shelf for a while, and I finally decided to buy it.

Sheffield, Rebecka Taves. Documenting Rebellions: A Study of Four Lesbian and Gay Archives in Queer Times. Sacramento, CA: Litwin Books, 2020.

While I was on the Litwin Books website looking for Kumbier’s book, I came across this new book by Sheffield and decided to buy it because I cite one of her articles, which I love, in my book, and have also taught the article in one of my writing classes, so I am excited to read more of her work. She is Canadian, so I wonder whether “Taves” is an Anglicization of “Toews,” and thus whether she has Mennonite heritage.

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Books Acquired Recently: Sedgwick Edition

I mentioned in my last post that I am reading more of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s work. These two books are a part of that effort. I’m especially excited to read Fat Art, Thin Art because I haven’t read any of Sedgwick’s poetry before.

Sedgwick, Eve Kosofsky. Fat Art, Thin Art. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1994.

—. The Weather in Proust. Ed. Jonathan Goldberg. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2011.

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Abraham, George. Birthright: Poems. Minneapolis: Button Poetry, 2020.

I heard Abraham read in a virtual reading last week. I had never encountered his work before, but was completely blown away by it and decided to order his book right away. The reading was through an independent bookstore in Pittsburgh, and they had a link to order the poets’ books through bookshop.org, which is a new website run by independent bookstores to give them an online presence as an alternative to amazon.com. They are taking extra precautions to keep their warehouse workers safe during the pandemic, and their service was fast anyway. I highly recommend them!

Galasso, William Scott. Rough Cut: Thirty Years of Senryu. Laguna Woods, CA: Galwin Press, 2019.

I recently read a review of this book in Frogpond and decided to buy it as a result. I’ve been writing senryu myself lately, but it is hard to find collections or anthologies of them, so I was excited to hear about Galasso’s book.

López, Casandra. Brother Bullet: Poems. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2019.

López read with Abraham, and was also wonderful, so I ordered her book too. She read from a memoir in progress as well, and that was even better than her poetry–I’m excited to read it once it is finished.

Sedgwick, Eve Kosofsky. Tendencies. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1993.

I’ve been reading a lot about Sedgwick’s work lately and decided that I should read more of it myself. This is an essay collection that gets cited all the time in queer theory. I will say that these ridiculous one- or two-word titles that some academics use for their books drive me nuts because they tell potential readers nothing about what the book is about. A brief subtitle (e.g., Tendencies: Essays on X, or Tendencies: X, Y, and Z) would work wonders.

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Duke University Press is having a 50% off sale through the end of this month, so I ordered two of their recent releases.

Brim, Matt. Poor Queer Studies: Confronting Elitism in the University. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2020.

Brim and I were on the same panel at MLA this past January, and he seems like a nice guy, so I was pleased when I saw that he has a new book out. We both teach at schools with large first-generation college student populations, thus I expect his book to be helpful for my own teaching.

Kumar, Amitava. Every Day I Write the Book: Notes on Style. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2020.

I love books about academia and find it helpful as a refresher for my writing to read a style manual every once in a while, and thus was intrigued when I got an email advertising this new book. At 50% off I couldn’t resist.

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Coleman, Wanda. Wicked Enchantment: Selected Poems. Edited by Terrance Hayes. Boston: Black Sparrow Press, 2020.

I love Coleman’s work and am sad that she is not more well-known or more frequently read. I am very excited that this posthumous Selected Poems has come out so that new readers can discover her.

Doty, Mark. What is the Grass: Walt Whitman in My Life. New York: W.W. Norton, 2020.

I love Whitman, queer memoir, and poetry, and thus when I heard about this book several months ago I pre-ordered it immediately. My copy came yesterday.

Reimer, Nikki. My Heart is a Rose Manhattan. Vancouver: Talonbooks, 2019.

I am reviewing this poetry collection for the Journal of Mennonite Studies, and my review copy came today.

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As I mentioned in a recent post, I panic-ordered a bunch of books when the pandemic hit to make sure that I don’t run out of reading material. The rest of them have come in.

Chavez, Felicia Rose, José Olivarez, and Willie Perdomo, eds. The BreakBeat Poets, Volume 4: LatiNext. Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2020.

I’m looking for a poetry anthology for my Latinx Literature course next semester, and this anthology is one of the candidates.

Freedman, Carl, ed. Conversations with Samuel R. Delany. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2009.

This book came out just as I was working on research for my dissertation, which had a chapter on Delany, and I missed it because it wasn’t listed in scholarly databases yet. I’m not sure how I failed to come across it in the ensuing decade, but I put it on my to-buy list as soon as I encountered a reference to it recently.

Irby, Samantha. Wow, No Thank You. Essays. New York: Vintage Books, 2020.

I love Irby’s previous book, We Are Never Meeting in Real Life, and wanted to buy her new book right away. Due to the pandemic, a bookstore where she lives in Michigan ran a promotion in which you could order a copy and she would inscribe it for you however you wanted before the store mailed it. I had her inscribe mine “Happy pandemic! Queer of color solidarity!”

Jackson, Major, ed. The Best American Poetry 2019. New York: Scribner, 2019.

I don’t normally buy the volumes in The Best American Poetry series, but decided to buy this one as part of my poetry panic-buying. The Best American Poetry 1999 is the only other volume I have in the series (which has only been edited by a woman nine times in the series’s 32-year history, inexcusable) because I thought it would be fascinating to have a memento of what American poetry was like just before the new century, so maybe I’ll buy it every twenty years.

Xanathar’s Guide to Everything. Renton, WA: Wizards of the Coast, 2017.

I recently became part of an online Dungeons & Dragons campaign that is using some of the resources in this book, so I decided to buy a copy for myself.

 

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Books Acquired Recently: All Queer Edition

Dawn, Amber, and Justin Ducharm, eds. Hustling Verse: An Anthology of Sex Workers’ Poetry. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2019.

I’ve had this anthology on my to-buy list for a while and finally bought it now because I am desperate for all of the poetry I can get during this pandemic.

Halberstam, Jack. Trans*: A Quick and Quirky Account of Gender Variability. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2018.

Halberstam is an author whose work has been important for my own (especially The Queer Art of Failure) and for trans* (some people prefer the asterisk in this term, some don’t, the current usage keeps shifting; personally I don’t have a preference because it’s not my place to as a cis person to say which is proper, so I will use it here because Halberstam’s title does) studies in general. I am embarrassed that I missed this book when it first came out two years ago, but I just recently read Kathryn Bond Stockton’s Avidly Reads Making Out and it is cited there. When I read this citation I bought the book right away.

Piepzna-Samarasinha, Leah Lakshmi. Dirty River: A Queer Femme of Color Dreaming Her Way Home. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2015.

I was on the Arsenal Pulp website to buy Dawn and Ducharm’s anthology and saw an ad for Piepzna-Samarasinha’s book. It looked interesting, so I decided to buy it because I have been reading a lot of queer memoir lately.

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